Rayna I'm still reading it, so can't give a definitive answer, but this interesting question occurred to me too. I LOVED Fathers and Sons. I think it is a little more interior and less ironic (humorous? sarcastic?) than Wives and Daughters. But the sharp observation and attention to detail is similar.
Dahszil Dahszil Not at all imho. Turgenev's Father's and Son's is a combination psychological, family drama, political, social reform, historical, ironic love story, etc novel. It covers a great sweep of topics in that time in Russia under King Alexander "the liberator"(liberated peasants from being property) even though it is a shorter read than Gaskell's Wives and Daughters